We developed a technique to quantify Blue Carbon in coastal ecosystems using ShoreZone.
Blue Carbon refers to marine carbon sinks such as salt marshes, seagrass meadows, mangroves and kelp beds that are disproportionately important in global atmospheric carbon sequestration and storage compared to their terrestrial (Green Carbon) counterparts. Mean burial rates of Blue Carbon is many orders of magnitude greater than comparable Green Carbon systems.
The assessment has three main objectives:
- Assess the distribution and magnitude of Blue and Green Carbon resources and provide a comparison of the relative importance of each,
- Establish critical linkages between ecosystem research and broader sociocultural and management issues by developing that information into a publicly accessible web-based decision support tool, and
- Communicate the importance of Blue Carbon “hotspots” to local planners and the public to aid in development of resource management and conservation strategies in coastal communities.